Each Saturday in the Community section, The World-Herald catches you up to date on all the latest local schools news.
Your left, your left: Millard West High School's 160-member marching band will strut and play through Millard neighborhoods from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today during the fifth Annual March-A-Thon. The Wildcat Band will entertain neighborhood residents while raising funds to help pay for marching expenses. Donations will be accepted along the 10K parade route in buckets carried by parents walking behind the band.
Take a look: Omaha Marian will offer a “Behind-the-Scenes Look” at the Mary Joy and Tal Anderson Performing Arts Center from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday on campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Blasting off: The Elmwood Murdock Booster Club will Blast Off at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the high school. Meet the fall sports teams, learn what the booster club does and find out what groups you can be part of in high school. Jordan Larson, a former Husker volleyball star, will discuss her success. Food will be available for purchase.
Welcome: Sunday will bring a potluck meal for all freshmen and transfer families at Creighton Prep.
Open houses: Millard South will have an open house Monday. Gretna will have an open house Tuesday. Millard North and Millard West will have open houses Thursday.
Time to sign up: Registration is open for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's 13th annual Chemistry Day on Sept. 28. More than 120 Nebraska high school juniors, seniors and their parents and teachers are expected to attend. The event features hands-on activities, guided tours of research labs, a look at career opportunities in chemistry and a chance to win scholarships to study chemistry at UNL.
This year's theme, “Energy, Now and Forever,” will be highlighted in lab demonstrations, and with activities including a scavenger hunt, Chemistry Quiz Bowl, panel discussion featuring current UNL chemistry undergraduates, and round-table for parents and teachers. A light breakfast and buffet lunch will be provided for participants. The event is free to attend, but registrations must be received by Sept. 23. All events will take place inside Hamilton Hall on the UNL City Campus. For details, visit chemistry.unl.edu and search for Energy, Now and Forever or contact Peg Bergmeyer at 402-472-3514 or email@example.com.
Winners: Omaha North senior Lasha Goodwin, along with teammates Chelsea Campbell of Cherry Hill, N.J., Alexander Scott of Washington, D.C., and Rafael Garcia of Atlanta, won first place and a Toshiba laptop for their performance at the final presentation of an engineering competition hosted by the Georgia Tech Summer Engineering Institute in Atlanta.
Technology grants: CenturyLink Inc. awarded CenturyLink Foundation's Teachers and Technology grants, administered by the Nebraska Educational Technology Association, to eight Nebraska teachers. The winning teachers' schools each received a grant, about $5,000 each, to be used by the winning teachers to purchase technology that will benefit their students. The winning teachers are:
» Lee Brogie, Wayne Junior/Senior High School, who will purchase a classroom set of LABQuest2s, dual force sensors and gas pressure sensors to integrate data collection and analysis technology into science lessons.
» Ann Darling, Sidney, who will purchase iPads for her art classroom, allowing students to create an electronic journal and sketchbook/portfolio.
» Miranda Hellbush and Melinn Young, Humphrey St. Francis School, will purchase iPads to increase test scores in writing by creating digital stories and utilizing the technology to create presentations related to language arts lessons.
» Kim Henry, Loup City Public Schools, who will purchase iPads to connect students to the history of Sherman County, allowing them to use the iPads to research area history, learn different apps and connect with the community.
» Maureen Hoy, Mary Our Queen School in Omaha, will purchase iPads that will allow students to develop their own storytelling talents as they participate in the innovative program “iTellStorytellers.”
» Shauna Roberson, Garden County School in Oshkosh, who will purchase iPad minis to give students the chance to collaborate on research and technology in the science curriculum.
» Debora Williss, St. Columbkille School in Papillion, who will purchase Apple TVs, giving classrooms the ability to view and interact with apps or projects students create on their iPad.
Technology: Riverside Community Schools will distribute iPads to fifth- and sixth-graders and Chromebooks to seventh- and eighth-graders this school year.
Look around: Millard's Central and North Middle Schools will have open houses Tuesday.
Chocolate chip, perhaps: Concordia Academy will have a welcome back ice cream social Friday.
MILLARD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Strike! Abbott Elementary will have bowling night Monday.
Keeping watch: The Watch D.O.G.S. program at Rohwer will kick off its year with a pizza party Tuesday.
Welcome: New families at Ackerman will have a social Thursday evening.
Autumn fun: The PTO at Reeder will have its fall festival Friday evening.